Donate Your Car: Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of donating my car to Safe Horizon?
SAFE HORIZON benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund its programs and services. You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer.
Does my car have to be running to donate it?
In some cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact a representative at 877-SAFE-409 (877-723-3409) to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.
Do you only accept cars for donation?Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the vehicle donation program toll free at 877-SAFE-409 (877-723-3409).
How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. In many cases, vehicles can be picked up the same day. Call our representatives at 877-SAFE-409 (877-723-3409).
Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.
What paperwork do I need?
The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title (pink slip). Have your title with you when you call-in your donation. [Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien].
Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?
For states that require smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.
What if I receive legal notices?
In the rare event that you receive any notification of a lien sale, DMV actions or other activity related to your donated vehicle, please contact us at 877-SAFE-409 (877-723-3409) immediately for assistance.
We are not listed on Charity Navigator because they only rate 5,000 charities out of an estimated 1.5 million charities in the U.S., and they do not at this time accept more charities. Although Safe Horizon is now celebrating 35 years of exemplary service, we are still not listed on their site. We do follow financial best practices for charities as you can see on Guidestar and also by our BBB rating.